France Televisions, the public-service broadcaster, is to provide live-streamed online coverage of cycling’s new UCI Track Champions League, the inaugural season of which begins in Mallorca, Spain, on 6 November.
The agreement, which has been struck through the network's existing partnership with Discovery Sports Events, the event management business of Discovery and promoter of the series, will see each of the competition's rounds streamed online and in full on the France TV Sports digital platform.
This will complement the existing coverage that will be available on the Discovery-owned Eurosport sports broadcaster, the Eurosport mobile app and GCN+, the streaming platform of the Global Cycling Network digital platform, in France and across Europe.
The UCI Track Champions League joins other major cycling properties at France Televisions, including the prestigious Tour de France, the UCI Road World Championships and track cycling at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
France Televisions says that securing the league will allow it to continue improving the France TV platform, which it says has “attracted over 100 million views so far across summer events including Roland Garros [tennis], Le Tour de France, the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.”
François Ribeiro, head of Discovery Sports Events, said: “Securing this partnership with France TV brings the UCI Track Champions League a key step closer towards its goal of elevating track cycling to a new audience. France TV’s decision to offer live coverage illustrates the confidence major broadcasters have in the product, which is set to offer a world-class viewing experience for fans worldwide.
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“With six broadcasters now announced, we have plenty more to come before the league’s first round on November 6th.”
Other broadcasters of the series include RTL (Netherlands), SBS (Australia), Sky (New Zealand), RTVC (Colombia) and Eurosport, which, as the league’s host broadcast partner, will provide coverage in Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.
Earlier this month, RTBF, the French-language public-service broadcaster in Belgium, was named as that country's free-to-air broadcast partner for the series.